Salman Rushdie

Author Salman Rushdie, shows a new book as he visits the book fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Author Salman Rushdie poses for photographers at a signing for his new book 'Home', in London.


Bookers of the winning feather flock tog­­ether. The bescarved Salman Rushdie and Kiran Desai made a happy stand at the New York Indian Film Festival before heading in to watch the opening film, the sensitively made Lipstick Under My Burkha, which, till rece­ntly, wasn’t cleared by the censor board in India.

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It failed to enchant most critics on its publication, but now, des­­igner Stacey Bendet (above), entranced by The Enchan­tress of Flo­rence, created a show based on its theme of high Rena­issance at the New York Fashion Week. P.S. With a bit of make-­­up, Salman Rushdie could easily have gone as Machiavelli.

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The postmortem of the marriage has much to draw eyeballs

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Padma’s take on Rushdie shows him as a vicious brat

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Salman Rushdie vs Bhalchandra Nemade After winning the Jnanpith award, the Marathi writer lashed out at the author of Midnight’s Children, saying his work was devoid of any literary value. ?Quick on the draw as always, the Booker of Bookers award-winner tweeted back: “Grumpy old bastard. Just take your prize and say thank you nicely. I doubt you’ve even read the work you attack.”

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In this file photo, Salman Rushdie holds a copy of his 'controversial book Satanic Verses

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Into Salim’s Gaze
EVER since the book won the ‘Booker of Bookers’ a few years back, we clenched our teeth in expectation of a frame such as this. Midnight’s Children opened in January, few people saw it, but it gave Salman Rushdie and director Deepa Mehta an occasion to portray esprit de corps before the film’s strikingly handsome poster.

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Salman Rushdie being honored by IAAC during their 15th Annual Gala in New York. Aroon Shivdasani Dirtector IAAC and Actress Madhur Jaffrey(R) were also seen.

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Against the verses Rushdie’s effigy being burnt in front of Jama Masjid in Delhi


Pull Of Words A perfect setting for Rushdie's operatic love life—a roiling tangle of passion and bitter jealousy under a silver canopy of loud glitter. Newest inamorata Missy Brody, one recalls, has the same toothsome pout and eyes of hard sparkle as Padma.

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Author Salman Rushdie and Director Deepa Mehta attend a promotional event of Midnight’s Children in Mumbai.

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Salman Rushdie attends a promotional event of Midnight’s Children in Mumbai.

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Noted author Salman Rushdie and Oscar-nominated Director Deepa Mehta during a press conference to promote Mehta's movie 'Midnight's Children' in New Delhi.

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Noted author Salman Rushdie and Oscar-nominated Director Deepa Mehta at a press conference for promotion of Mehta's movie Midnight's Children in New Delhi.

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In Riotous Indignation That stagger may well be further pronounced, Mr Rushdie, come the release of Midnight’s Children in Mumbai. A rainbow coalition of the motley is expected. Forecast: weak knees and a drippy nose.


Noted author Salman Rushdie and Oscar-nominated Director Deepa Mehta pose for photographs at the charity screening of Mehta's movie 'Midnight's Children' in New Delhi.

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Salman Rushdie vs all comers Even a virtual Rushdie was banned from the Jaipur LitFest; so imminent, the state said, was the threat of a SIMI attack against the author of The Satanic Verses. Fortunately, the threats turned out to be the state’s own epic work of fiction. After, Rushdie also had a spat with Pankaj Mishra and faced down a stinging review of his memoir, Joseph Anton, by Zoe Heller.


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Author, author Rushdie’s fame has often overshadowed his literary efforts


Director Deepa Mehta, left, and author Salman Rushdie pose for photographs on the red carpet for the new movie "Midnight's Children" during the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sunday.


An Iranian student group unveils a computer game to counter the West’s ‘soft cultural war’. The title— THE STRESSFUL LIFE OF SALMAN RUSHDIE AND IMPLEMENTATION OF HIS VERDICT—says it all.

“Whatever little I thought of him, a brain, an intellectual...his remarks on me reflect the mind of a small man.” —Imran Khan

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“I bet he hasn’t read Verses. When Imran was a playboy in London, he was called Im the Dim.” —Salman Rushdie

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In this Saturday, March 17, 2012 handout photo, Indian-born author Salman Rushdie speaks at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi. The controversial author of The Satanic Verses was forced to skip a literature fest in Jaipur owing to protests from a section of Muslims due to the alleged blasphemous content in his 1988 novel.

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Police personnel impound a vehicle before a protest against British author Salman Rushdie outside a hotel in New Delhi.

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Spilling rage Muslims in Jaipur protest against Rushdie

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The silencing... Muslim activists outside Diggi Palace protesting Salman Rushdie’s address via video link

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Officials announce the news of calling off Indian born British author Salman Rushdie's video conference at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in Jaipur. The organizers of the Indian literary festival called off a video conference with British author Salman Rushdie following protests by Muslim groups who considered his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses" blasphemous.

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FILE - In this Saturday, May 17, 2003 file photo, writer Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," speaks during the XI Rio de Janeiro International Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro. Rushdie cancelled plans to appear at the Jaipur Literature Festival after protests from Muslim clerics and warnings that he could be targeted for assassination because of his controversial book. Rushdie's video address was also cancelled by the owners of the venue fearing violence.

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Indian Writer Anni Zaidi, left, requests a visitor to sign a petition to reconsider the ban on Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in Jaipur.

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Author Romesh Gunesekera, right, signs a petition to reconsider the ban on Salman Rushdie's 'The Satanic Verses' as Indian writer Anni Zaidi, center, looks on at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in Jaipur.

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A Muslim stops others from protesting against Booker-Prize winning author Salman Rushdie, in Jaipur. Rushdie cancelled plans to appear at an Indian literature festival after protests from Muslim clerics and warnings that he could be targeted for assassination because of his controversial book, 'The Satanic Verses'.

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Muslims shout slogans against Booker-Prize winning author Salman Rushdie after prayers in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Rushdie canceled plans to appear at a literature festival after protests from Muslim clerics and warnings that he could be targeted for assassination.

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Ire ground Mumbai protests Rushdie’s India vacation in 2004

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Escaped attention? Rushdie at the Jaipur litfest in 2007

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FILE - In this Saturday, May 17, 2003 file photo, writer Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," speaks during the XI Rio de Janeiro International Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro. Rushdie's visit to India to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival is clouded in uncertainty even as Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said his trip might lead to security problems. While the organisers say they stand by their invitation to the 'Midnight's Children' author, Gehlot has made it plain to Home Minister P Chidambaram that his visit is being resented by the local people.

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Rushdie and poll season games? Writer as pawn this time as Deoband in UP call for a ban on his entry into India for Jaipur Lit Fest. Salman tweets, the UPA govt squirms, Barelvi sect bristles.

Maulana Abdul Rahim Qurashi, Assistant General Secretary All India Muslim Personal Law Board, addressing a meeting of the board in Hyderabad. The Board urged the Centre to deny visa to controversial author of 'Satanic Verses', Salman Rushdie, on the grounds that his participation in the Jaipur Literary Festival "would add to the hurt feelings of the Muslims".

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To Tryst In Peace What is it about being labelled a ‘ladies man’ that makes Salman Rushdie dining with a lady pal such tabloid fodder? Possibly the tell-tale urgence in his mirthless ‘just friends’ denials when linked to magazine editor Devorah Rose.

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Salman Rushdie (left) interacts with Aparna Sen and her actor husband Kalyan Roy at the New York Indian Film Festival 2011 in New York.

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Cumballa Hill hospital, model for ‘Dr Narlikar’s nursing home’ in Midnight’s Children

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The class performs Twelfth Night

The young Rushdie

‘Glandy Keith Colaco’, the tallest boy in the back row, 1962

Scene Of The Crime Rushdie on a visit to Cathedral School in 2010

Salim Merchant, a schoolmate who likely lent his name to Midnight’s Saleem Sinai

The Metro cinema hall as it was in the 1940s

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Rushdie at his study in 1989

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Salman Rushdie arrives with an unidentified companion for the screening of the film 'Francesca' at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.

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Tuesday First the paparazzi went abuzz with the news that His Salmanness along with Padma Lakshmi were in India for their Christmas swing through Chennai, Rajasthan and Delhi. And then they were in the city of gold: 'Bombay is Bombay' and 'It's good to be here just to get the smell of it again,' Rushdie said, dmitting that he had been 'toodling away' on a new book for two years and that it would have more of India in it. In between, came the swipes at Kaizad 'Boom' Gustad for the fiasco involving Padma Lakshmi who, he said, 'is the one with 19 projects in hand. I am here as the boyfriend.' Came Monday, the 12th, and assorted groups like the All India Sunni Jamiatul Ulema, the Raza Academy, the Anjuman Barkaate Raza and the Tanzeem Aimmae Masjid started a 'protest', with banners saying 'Kill Salman Rushdie' and 'Kill Rushdie, the White Collar Terrorist'. A reward of Rs one lakh was offered to anyone who would blacken his face. 'I am used to such protests,' Rushdie was quoted as saying, but he was prudent enough to check out of the hotel, with girlfriend, destination USA.

Monday 14 JuneSalman Rushdie was quoted this week in The Daily Telegraph of London that after his appearance as himself in Bridget Jones' Diary , he was 'waiting for the phone to ring...and when it didn't happen, I was rather disappointed...I would love to do another movie, but I wouldn't want to play me again. Actually, acting was my first ambition, not writing at all.' Painter, Pest and The Riddle of the Midnight are some of the documentaries already made on his works, and wife Padma (pictured here with him recently at the Cannes film festival) who was last in news for her bit part in controversial director Kaizad Gustad's Boom is currently producing a film on Rushdie's short-story The Firebird's Nest but while she is acting in it as well, the author-husband, despite various hints, hasn't managed a part for himself, it would seem.

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Tall Hopes
Salman Rushdie, 60, got himself a new arm candy—athlete-turned model Aimee Mullins—28 years younger and two inches taller.

After Midnight

The knight and his lady have decided to part ways. Twice-divorced Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi have filed for divorce. Salman: 3, Padma: 1. More in 2008.

Salman Rushdie-- Padma Lakshmi 
This was touted as a perfect pairing of beauty and brains—her beauty, his brains. Introduced at a party, model-actress Padma Lakshmi and author Salman Rushdie married in 2004. When asked about him being seven years younger than her father, she said: "I think we are attracted to what we feel we need." She has moved on, but it felt good while it felt.

Yes, Midnight's Children will finally be a movie. Deepa Mehta is collaborating with Salman Rushdie on a big-screen adaptation of the author's 1981 historical novel. The two will co-write the screenplay, and they hope to have cameras rolling in 2010. Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das, who starred in two earlier Mehta films, Fire and Earth, are slated to star in the project  Also See: His Own Mt Sinai

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Sunday August 31, 2008 
It was a good week for Salman Rushdie. He first won apologies in the High Court in London on August 25 over allegations that when living under police protection he was unhygienic, suicidal and sought to profit from the fatwa on him. A former police officer and convicted fraudster, Ron Evans, apologised through his solicitor over eleven counts of falsehood in his as-yet unpublished memoir On Her Majesty's Service. Sir Salman, who did not seek damages, said:  “My only interest was to establish the truth. I’m happy that the court has made its declaration of falsity and that the authors and publishers have recognised their falsehoods and apologised. As far as I am concerned that’s the end of the matter." But the week also saw him introducing Actress Nandita Das's directorial debut film Firaaqat Telluride Film Festival in Los Angeles.

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He's always faced the wrath of bans and censorship, but now Salman Rushdie seems upset over, hold your breath, a book. Sir Salman has threatened to sue a publisher over a book, On Her Majesty's Service, which he says contains "a bunch of lies" and portrays him as "cheap, nasty and arrogant". The book is co-written by Ron Evans, a former Metropolitan Police officer who was one of the team guarding Rushdie while he was under an Iranian-backed death threat for his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses. The book claims Rushdie billed the police force for officers' overnight stays at his house; that guards nicknamed him "Scruffy"; and that at one point, the officers got so fed up they locked him in a cupboard while they went to the pub. Rushdie has called this account as "entirely fictitious" and that the book projected him as "mean, nasty, tightfisted, arrogant and extremely unpleasant." It should be noted, however, that he does not want the book banned. he just wants to protect his reputation. Perhaps the likes of Indira Gandhi would have empathised, as would Bal Thackeray.

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Arise, Sir Salman! Author Salman Rushdie is seen after receiving his Knighthood from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

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Saturday April 26, 2008
Mr Rushdie's latest arm-candy. Actress Olivia Wild and Salman Rushdie pose for photographers as they arrive for the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington.

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Sunday November 11, 2007
Life after Padma...Author Salman Rushdie with his friend and screen writer Patrice Jorden at the final day of Mahindra Film Festival in New York on Sunday.

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Monday 2 July
Way back in September 2006, we had asked if the Rushdie-Padma Lakshmi honeymoon was finally over. Sir Salman's spokeswoman Jin Auh has confirmed that to be the case in a statement issued on his behalf today: "Salman Rushdie has agreed to divorce his wife, Padma Lakshmi, because of her desire to end their marriage. He asks that the media respect his privacy at this difficult time."

Pakistani protesters rally against the British government for awarding a knighthood to British author Salman Rushdie in Lahore. Inspite of diplomatic outrage and street protests in Iran, Pakistan and also in the Kashmir valley, British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has said that Britain was "sorry" if people were upset over Rushdie's knighthood, but insisted it was awarded for his entire literary career. She stressed that Rushdie was just one of many Muslims who had been recognised by the British honours system -- something she said "may not be realised by many of those who have been vocal in their opposition".

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Saturday 16 June
There were as many as almost 950 persons to appear on the Queen's Birthday Honours list this year that included cricket player Ian Botham, singer Joe Cocker, Dame Edna Everage's creator Barry Humphries, CNN reporter Christian Amanpour and human rights lawyer Shami Chakrabarti. But it was the inclusion of Sri Salman Rushdie as a Knight Bachelor in recognition of 'his services to Literature' that caught the eye, and it was clear that his middle name is still going to be Mr Controversy. While Sri Rushdie stated that he was "thrilled and humbled to receive this great honour, and very grateful that his work has been recognised in this way," Iran had an entirely different take: "Giving a medal to someone who is among the most detested figures in the Islamic community is... a blatant example of the anti-Islamism of senior British officials. The measure that has taken place for paying tribute to this apostate and detested figure will definitely put British statesmen and officials at odds with Islamic societies, the emotions and sentiments of which have again been provoked ...the knighthood shows that the process of insulting Islamic sanctities is not accidental but is being supported by some Western countries." Not to be left behind, the Pakistan National Assembly joined the Iranians in deploring the bestowed "honour" and the Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister Mohammad Ejaz ul-Haq went on to add that "if someone commits suicide bombing to protect the honour of the Prophet Muhammad, his act is justified.". Watch this space.